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August 31, 2005

A tale of obsession
Nilanjana S Roy initially read Patricia Cornwell's Portrait Of A Killer as a book about Jack the Ripper. This week, she realised she was wrong; it was a study in obsession.

The author as blogger
Today, reticent writers have the option of cutting themselves off from the physical world, even as they reach out to their fans online.

August 30, 2005

The magic of the pocket book
Penguin's new series of 70 pocket titles, published to mark seven decades of the company's existence, threatens to open our eyes to the merits of this format.

A Vaikuntam on your wall?
Limited edition reproductions on canvas make art accessible to more people.

August 29, 2005

How to garnish a cocktail
There are a number of interesting -- and stylish -- things you can do to the routine cocktail.

August 26, 2005

Poetry mixed with reality
Have you checked out these new book releases?

Partying tonight? Here's what you could wear
In cluttered parties around town, men seem to be in a state of flux about something 'new' to wear.

August 25, 2005

Why I like to blog
Six blogs by Get Ahead readers.

August 23, 2005

Must read: Seven Years In Tibet
Seven Years In Tibet remains the most extraordinary tale ever told of physical endurance and the will to succeed.

How to make really terrible kebabs
It's not difficult to spoil a kebab. Just get the oldest bird or animal your supplier can give you.

August 22, 2005

When Ray talked cinema...
Many leading directors tend to be reluctant to discuss their own work at length, much less expound on cinema in general. Filmmaker Satyajit Ray is one of the exceptions.

Is adventure in your blood?
Even as it continues to offer its regular, basic and advanced courses in mountaineering, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institure will popularise its 15-day adventure courses for the youth.

An ode to olive oil
Whether you know it as a salad dressing or as Popeye's girlfriend, there should be some olive oil in everyone's life.

August 19, 2005

Shalimar, George and Sherlock Holmes
If the purpose of a longlist is to entice people to read, this year's Man Booker judges have done their job.

August 17, 2005

Lost? Find directions online!
Do you need to give many people directions to the same venue? Here's some online help that should make your life easier.

The magic of Murakami
Haruki Murakami has the ability to get under a reader's skin with stories that use fantastical frameworks but convey simple truths about our lives.

August 16, 2005

The outsider's illegitimate son
Ever since it won the Orange Prize, the adjective most often used to describe We Need To Talk About Kevin is 'controversial'. It's a reassuring label.

How to set up an aquarium
The newer aquariums may look fancy, but setting one up can be simple.

August 12, 2005

Mayo, Zorro and Bollywood
Four must reads for this weekend.

August 11, 2005

In search of Dracula
A lush new historical fiction takes a fresh look at the Dracula legend.

August 10, 2005

Bono On Bono is a terrific read
Perhaps a first-time peep inside his mind, Bono On Bono is a series of conversations between U2 vocalist Bono and his friend, Michka Assayas. In Bono's words, this book comprises of stories that are not songs.

More than just a smoke
Cigar smokers can now experiment with the best or the merely flavoured.

August 09, 2005

Eating with your fingers
The reason why Indian food doesn't contain large pieces of meat such as steak or pot roasts is because it would not be consonant with the tradition of eating with the fingers.

Why you should trust your feelings
There are many moments when we 'know' something without knowing why and how.

August 08, 2005

Ceylon between the covers
As Nilanjana S Roy takes to the road in Sri Lanka, it's the voices of the writers packed neatly into her suitcase who tell her the country's hidden, forgotten histories.

Would you like to fly for free?
Kingfisher Airlines has launched a Chill Times Offer for its loyal customers.

August 05, 2005

The worst book in the world
Over the years, Mein Kampf has lost its readership -- only the bigoted, those with closed hearts and minds, find any kind of enlightenment in its pages.

The art of citizen journalism
The tsunami helped independent bloggers to come into their own.

August 04, 2005

Bloody Mary, Shillong style
Pestered for a recipe, this is what Kishore Singh came up with, "Chop the tomatoes and add to the orange juice. Add any other fruit, lemon juice, pepper, chilli powder, Worcestershire sauce and whisky."

August 03, 2005

How to buy jootis
If you find yourself in a touristy kind of place, avoid the regular, embroidered stuff that most tourists ooh and aah over. Ask to be led to the place where the locals go instead.


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